Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter - Start the Year with a Cleanse Plus: Purify the Body, Mind, and Soul and begin a Smart Exercise Program



Wow! That’s a long title for the newsletter, but it reflects all the new and important information I have to share with you. Remember last summer when I had lots of new stuff – well here we go again! Round Two!  There is so much to share, so as I did last summer I’ll preview it here and provide the details over the next few months.

Before we get to the new stuff it is important to remember the basics. The best way to start off the New Year is to get back on track from the Holidays. Drop those few extra pounds and cleanse the body with the 21 Day Purification Program. I’ll be starting it myself next Tuesday (one last holiday dinner on Monday night!).  See below for the details of the special offer.

Not sure if you need to the cleanse or not? Well, take this quick questionnaire to see: http://brwellness.com/docs/toxicity_questionnaire.pdf

Above, I also mentioned purifying the mind and soul, and starting a smart exercise program.  I had some time at the end of the year to catch up on my reading. Two books had significant impact – Body by Science by Doug McGuff, MD and John Little and The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson.  I’ll tell you more about them below.

But for those who can’t wait here’s a quick summary.
1.       Do the 21 Day Purification Program and take advantage of the group incentive!
2.       Read the book Body by Science to learn how exercise impacts the body.
3.       Read the book The Emotion Code to learn how to “release your trapped emotions for abundant health, love and happiness.” (That’s on the book’s cover.)

Of course if you do not have time to read the books, no problem as those will be my topics over the next few months!

One last note – unfortunately there is a January 1 price increase on many Standard Process products – anywhere from $.50 to $2.00. I will sell my existing inventory at the old prices, so if you need some supplements let me know so you can take advantage of the old prices.

Cleanse Special Offer
I have a special offer this month. It’s a group incentive and here’s how it works. For anyone who purchases the 21 Day Purification Program in January, I will put $1 into the pot. At the end of the month everyone who does the cleanse will get a future product discount based on how many people participate. For example, if 15 people do the cleanse, everyone will get $15 off their next supplement purchase. And an FYI – there are already 6 people on board from the pre-announcement!

If you are interested in participating please call or e-mail so we can arrange for you to pick up your kit!

Body by Science
In the past I’ve written a few articles about exercise. I’ve told you about PACE and PACE Express from Dr. Sears, BurstFit by Dr. Axe, and the Xiser stepper to name a few. All of these techniques are similar in they promote what is called “burst training” or “sprint training” and now “HIT” (high intensity training). All work off a similar premise – the human body was not designed to run a marathon and the average person does not have to spend hours upon hours exercising to get in shape. 

In fact, they even boldly state that being fit is not necessarily the same as being healthy and that many people over-exercise which has negative impacts on their health. This has been my experience with many of my clients. They come to me and say, “I don’t get it. I work out every day with my trainer and I keep gaining weight.” 

Body by Science explains all the whys behind this. It provides the research and the science behind how exercise impacts the body. Over the next few months I will share this information with you. If you can’t wait, here’s a link to the web site: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/.  There are videos, blogs, and other helpful information. I highly recommend it.

The Emotion Code
As many of you are aware, there is more to the body than just the pure physical – there is the emotional and the spiritual as well. True health is not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind and soul. There is a wide source of literature and studies supporting the role of emotion in our health. It is the basis for a variety of “energetic medicine” type practices. 

The Emotion Code focuses on Dr. Bradley Nelson’s work with his chiropractic patients not only on their physical level, but on their emotional (and spiritual) level as well. He has found how emotions create the physical symptoms of his patients and by clearing the emotions the patient returns to health. 

The book explains it all and gives the reader the tools to release their trapped emotions. Here’s a link to his website for more information. Warning – he’s selling all kinds of stuff which is usually a red flag for me, but all you really need is the book – so if you’re interested just start there before you go crazy buying stuff!!
And, over the next few months I’ll offer more insight in the newsletters as well. Here’s the link: http://www.healerslibrary.com/

Happy New Year! My best wishes to you, your family, and your loved ones for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!
Bernie

Saturday, November 29, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter - Happy Holidays



Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
The Holiday Season is always a busy time and for many people a very stressful time. In respect to the busy time, I will keep this newsletter brief. And to help with stress, this month’s main article features the key minerals we need to balance our nervous system and hence our stress response. 

If you are looking for some great stress reduction visualizations my favorites are the 31 and 61 points meditations. Here’s a link to the 61 points. Enjoy: http://www.swamij.com/online61.htm

The Three Minerals You Need to Balance Your Nervous System – The Importance of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium
While our body was designed to handle stress, it was not designed to handle the constant stress that many people experience. Often people do not recognize their own stress level as they erroneously believe they are handling the stress, or it is how they always feel and do not notice a difference. Yet, their body is under constant stress from both conscious and unintended lifestyle and diet choices.  

For the full article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=481

Nutrition Made Simple – Why Sugar is Bad for You
I mentioned in my last newsletter my new blog series – Nutrition Made Simple. Well, it got off to a great start, but then my hard drive crashed last month and I lost a few installments that I had written, so I kind of have to start over again. Now that the computer is back in order I will re-start the series in the new year.

With all the upcoming holiday parties keep in mind to watch your sugar intake! Why Sugar is Bad for You.
Of course this is nothing new. If there’s one thing that almost everyone in the nutrition world agrees on is that sugar is bad. It’s really quite simple. Sugar disrupts how your body works. Here’s how (in no particular order):

1. Sugar depresses your immune system for up to five hours after you consume it.
2. Sugar depletes key vitamins and nutrients, particularly your B vitamins and minerals.
3. Sugar feeds the “bad” bacteria, fungus, yeast, and parasites.
4. Sugar feeds cancer cells.
5. Sugar fuels hormone imbalances by raising insulin levels which effects thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormone balance.

You can read it the full post here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=483

Friday, October 31, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter - Probiotics: Trick or Treat?



An early Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and the beginning of the Holiday Season. This is an especially important time to be mindful of what you are eating and drinking as with all the festivities it can easily get away from us!

Digestion is one of my favorite topics and that is the focus of this month’s newsletter. Many of my clients suffer from a variety of digestive issues – in fact it is the largest segment of my practice - from gas, bloating, and occasional heart burn; to constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux; and then on to IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, Celiac, and diverticulitis. 

In my late teens, through college, and into my mid-thirties I too suffered with digestive issues. I was diagnosed with IBS and the “solution” was to eat more fiber. That didn’t really work. As I began to learn more about healthy eating it turned out to be a relatively simple fix – stop eating bagels and cereals for breakfast – and soon my digestion was vastly improved and my seasonal asthma was gone!

One of the solutions for digestive ailments that we often hear is to take probiotics. And, there is an underlying assumption that the more we take, the better. But is this the whole story? Read below and see!

This past weekend I attended a special event for Standard Process’s top accounts from across the country. It was an honor to be there and to meet other like minded practitioners. Needless to say I came away with more ideas to share. One of the more interesting presentations was on a new product called NutriSync. It matches your genes with the nutrients you should be eating to maximize your genetic expression. I’m going to do it this month to get firsthand experience and plan to offer it in January – sounds like a great New Year’s Resolution.

Next month brings us to the heart of the Holiday Season and its parties, foods, and drinks. For many people this means additional stress! This challenges our nervous system. Next month’s feature article will look at the three key minerals to keeping your nervous system balanced.

Without further ado, here’s the heart of the newsletter!

Probiotics: Do You Need Them or Not?
To say we are only as good as our digestion may be an understatement. You can eat the healthiest of foods, but if you are not digesting them, you are not getting the nutrients that your body requires for long term health.

It is likely you are familiar with the three classes of foods that need to be digested – protein, carbohydrates, and fats. However, it is less likely you are familiar with the “triad of digestion” or the three essential substances produced in your body necessary for strong digestion – hydrochloric acid, lactic acid, and bile. Hydrochloric acid and lactic acid are as their names indicate – acids, while bile is an alkaline substance.

To continue reading this article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=474

I’d also highly encourage you to read my past articles on digestion:
It’s All About The Gut and the Gut Balance Program click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=17

The Mouth – Why Chewing is Important click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=96

The Importance of Enzymes click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=93


The Importance of Hydrochloric Acid click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=88

The Small Intestines click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=87

The Liver, Gall Bladder, and Pancreas – Behind the Scenes Helpers of Digestion click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=85

The Large Intestines and the Importance of Probiotics click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=84

Digestion What to Do? A Self Help Guide click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=82

Nutrition Made Simple – A New Blog Series
I’m pleased to announce a new weekly Blog series I’m calling “Nutrition Made Simple.” My tendency is to write longer articles with detailed explanations. It has come to my attention that some clients also like “short and sweet.” So, I will start offer these short blogs that get right to the point – Nutrition Made Simple. My goal is one blog per week on Thursdays.  Topics will include:

1.       Why sugar is bad for you
2.       Why artificial sweeteners are bad for you
3.       Why trans-fats are bad for you
4.       Why saturated fat is good for you
5.       Why you need cholesterol
6.       Why protein is important
7.       Why you need the right kind of stomach acid
8.       Why you want to hang on to your gall bladder
9.       How prolonged stress impacts the body
10.   What specific vitamins do and where to get them

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nutrition Made Simple - Why Sugar is Bad For You



Of course this is nothing new. If there’s one thing that almost everyone in the nutrition world agrees on is that sugar is bad. It’s really quite simple. Sugar disrupts how your body works. Here’s how (in no particular order):

1.       Sugar depresses your immune system for up to five hours after you consume it.
2.       Sugar depletes key vitamins and nutrients, particularly your B vitamins and minerals.
3.       Sugar feeds the “bad” bacteria, fungus, yeast, and parasites.
4.       Sugar feeds cancer cells.
5.       Sugar fuels hormone imbalances by raising insulin levels which effects thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormone balance.

If you want to get the full picture click here and see over 150 reasons how sugar ruins your health!  http://nancyappleton.com/141-reasons-sugar-ruins-your-health/.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Three Minerals You Need to Balance Your Nervous System – The Importance of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium



The nervous system has two main components: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is what connects the rest of the body to the central nervous system. There are three types of peripheral nerves: autonomic (involuntary nerves), somatic (voluntary nerves), and sensory nerves. 

For our purposes here we will focus on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) - sometimes thought of as the “automatic nervous system.” That is because what it controls are for the most part involuntary activities. It will conduct nerve impulses from the central nervous system to cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and glandular epithelial muscle. To put in plain English – it tells our heart to beat, our digestive system to move food along, the endocrine glands to produce hormones, and for us to breathe. 

The autonomic nervous system has two components: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). During our normal daily affairs we will switch back and forth between the two of them, but it is impossible for them both to be going at the same time. 

The sympathetic nervous system serves as the emergency or stress system. Think of the “fight or flight” response. See a tiger, need to run. The parasympathetic nervous system controls our normal, everyday conditions. In an analogy to a car, the sympathetic nervous system is often described as the accelerator, while the parasympathetic system is the brakes. Sometimes after long periods of stress the autonomic nervous system is not performing correctly and we will accelerate when we should brake and brake when we should accelerate. 

While our body was designed to handle stress, it was not designed to handle the constant stress that many people experience. Often people do not recognize their own stress level as they erroneously believe they are handling the stress, or it is how they always feel and do not notice a difference. Yet, their body is under constant stress from both conscious and unintended lifestyle and diet choices. 

Both our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems require specific nutrients. The accelerator function of the sympathetic nervous system is controlled by Phosphorus. Phosphorus is energizing – like fire. In fact, it burns immediately when exposed to air! Fortunately our Phosphorus is inside our body!

We are bombarded with messages about the importance of calcium for our bones.  Well, without phosphorus all the calcium in the world will not do you much good.  In fact, it may cause harm if there is too much calcium and not sufficient phosphorus.  

Phosphorus is the second key mineral by content in our bones.  It supports healthy bone formation, energy production, cell growth and repair (remember blood cells are made in our bones), collagen synthesis (that's what helps make the bone), cardiovascular function, and nerve and muscle activity.  It is a key part of calcium and sugar metabolism.

Food sources of phosphorus include almonds, brewer's yeast, eggs, fish (halibut, salmon), glandular meats, lean beef, lentils, liver, milk, peanuts, poultry, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran, and yogurt.

What about potassium?  Potassium strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system. It acts like a governor and helps calm the nervous system. It is critical for the ongoing health of every cell in our body.  That’s a pretty important job!  Along with its partner sodium, the two minerals balance the nutrient and waste exchange of each cell.  Potassium is involved in nerve and muscle functioning where it again teams with sodium.  It also maintains our body’s fluid balance, electrolyte balance, and pH balance.

Foods containing potassium include: almonds, artichokes, avocado, bananas, beet greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, lentils, lima beans, oranges, papaya, pinto beans, prunes, raisins, spinach, sunflower seeds, Swiss chard, tomatoes, wheat germ, winter squash, and yams. 

Calcium is one of the most talked about minerals and for good reason.  It supports strong bone structure, teeth, and muscle tissue, aids in blood clotting function, supports cardiovascular and nerve functions, and helps in normal functioning of many enzymes.  Calcium works in conjunction with Phosphorus and Potassium to balance these important systems.

The best sources of calcium are of course from food.  It is also a misconception that this has to come from milk.  Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium.  For calcium choose: bone meal, cheese (best are Cheddar, mozzarella, and Swiss), collard greens, flaxseed, liver, milk, molasses, mustard greens, sesame seeds, spinach, turnip greens, wheat germ and yogurt.

For a more complete look at Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, and all other minerals please reference my articles Key Minerals for Healthy Bones by clicking here http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=132 and Know Your Nutrients – A Few More by clicking here http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=118.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.